Tues 5 May, The Best of the Fonseca Bicentennial Tastings

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Re: Tues 5 May, The Best of the Fonseca Bicentennial Tasting

Post by flash_uk » 21:08 Thu 30 Apr 2015

jdaw1 wrote:
flash_uk wrote:Next Tuesday I am tied up at the office until around 6pm, which means getting to the B&F for about 6.30pm. Given the number of bottles and the full quota of attendees, some pre-pouring is likely to be helpful. Is anyone able to get there a bit early, and is anyone able to get there a bit early with printed placemats?
My SWMBO doesn’t want me to leave Streatham early. If necessary I could, expensively, appeal and plead. So have me down as a reserve.

Updated draft of the placemats (or see first post, not forgetting to re-load its images).
  • +1948 (AHB);
  • +1994 (MPM);
  • Just one pre-pouring sheet, the 1948, which can then be used as a measure for all to self-pour. Is this satisfactory?
I am working on a plan to shift my late meeting on Tuesday...
I don't think having just the 48 as a pre pour will work, as Alex will not arrive in time to make it work. Under a new scenario, if I can arrive at say 1730 with printed materials, with CPR, together we can pre pour 4 bottles, which can serve as a guide for subsequent self pouring (except perhaps for the 48).

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Re: Tues 5 May, The Best of the Fonseca Bicentennial Tasting

Post by flash_uk » 21:10 Thu 30 Apr 2015

jdaw1 wrote:
flash_uk wrote:Edit: perhaps we skip the Waterloo if only 12?
Warerloo appropriate to the date: perhaps instead skip 1994?
Bicentenary also appropriate for the date. I'd quite like to see where the 94 has got to, given it is supposed to be a belter. Perhaps sacrifice the Waterloo=£12 reserve ruby...can be sampled many times ahead at leisure?
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Re: Tues 5 May, The Best of the Fonseca Bicentennial Tasting

Post by AHB » 22:14 Thu 30 Apr 2015

I'd also like to keep the '94 in the line-up. If anything, I would prefer to sacrifice one of the 1985s.
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Re: Tues 5 May, The Best of the Fonseca Bicentennial Tasting

Post by jdaw1 » 22:20 Thu 30 Apr 2015

Obvious decision: sacrifice the 1896.

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Re: Tues 5 May, The Best of the Fonseca Bicentennial Tasting

Post by jdaw1 » 23:43 Thu 30 Apr 2015

Updated draft of the placemats (or see first post, not forgetting to re-load its images).
  • +BMHR;
  • Four pre-pouring sheets, ’55 ’60 ’63 ’66. Please confirm satisfactory.
  • Please confirm that I have correct the bottles, the people, and the crediting of the former to the latter.

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Re: Tues 5 May, The Best of the Fonseca Bicentennial Tasting

Post by DaveRL » 07:50 Fri 01 May 2015

I can get there at 5.30 if I can be of help

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Post by flash_uk » 08:08 Fri 01 May 2015

DaveRL wrote:I can get there at 5.30 if I can be of help
Thanks Dave. I should be able to confirm later today if my meeting has moved and can also get there for 5.30.

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Re: Tues 5 May, The Best of the Fonseca Bicentennial Tasting

Post by flash_uk » 08:09 Fri 01 May 2015

The food order for the event is now complete for confirmed attendees. Let me know if there are any mistakes with your order.

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Re: Tues 5 May, The Best of the Fonseca Bicentennial Tasting

Post by flash_uk » 11:59 Fri 01 May 2015

flash_uk wrote:I should be able to confirm later today if my meeting has moved and can also get there for 5.30.
Confirmed. Will be there at 5.30pm!


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Re: Tues 5 May, The Best of the Fonseca Bicentennial Tasting

Post by jdaw1 » 22:05 Fri 01 May 2015

Who is bringing the 1994? CPR or MPM?

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Post by flash_uk » 22:15 Fri 01 May 2015

jdaw1 wrote:Who is bringing the 1994? CPR or MPM?
CPR

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Post by PhilW » 22:18 Sat 02 May 2015

jdaw1 wrote:Updated draft of the placemats (or see first post, not forgetting to re-load its images).
  • +BMHR;
  • Four pre-pouring sheets, ’55 ’60 ’63 ’66. Please confirm satisfactory.
  • Please confirm that I have correct the bottles, the people, and the crediting of the former to the latter.
All looks correct to me; only discrepancies between first post and placemats is that THRA is on the placemats but not first post, and the credit for bottles is RLC&THRA instead of RLC per first post; I assume both of these changes represent updates pending on the first post and are correct on placemats.

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Re: Tues 5 May, The Best of the Fonseca Bicentennial Tasting

Post by jdaw1 » 23:24 Sat 02 May 2015

PhilW wrote:All looks correct to me
Thank you for checking.
PhilW wrote:only discrepancies between first post and placemats is that THRA is on the placemats but not first post, and the credit for bottles is RLC&THRA instead of RLC per first post; I assume both of these changes represent updates pending on the first post and are correct on placemats.
Instruction has been less than entirely clear on this matter, so I have guessed. Perhaps clearer instruction will follow.

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Re: Tues 5 May, The Best of the Fonseca Bicentennial Tasting

Post by flash_uk » 08:13 Sun 03 May 2015

Tom was not sure if he would make it. I'll drop him an email and find out if he can.


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Re: Tues 5 May, The Best of the Fonseca Bicentennial Tasting

Post by flash_uk » 20:28 Mon 04 May 2015

Bicentenary Crusted and the '92 both decanted. All seems well.

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Post by DaveRL » 21:40 Mon 04 May 2015

Single '85 decanted. Seems OK. Tiny bit broke off bottom cork. Gritty sediment. Looks dark. Smell closed. Dregs fruity plummy tasty. So far so good.

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Re: Tues 5 May, The Best of the Fonseca Bicentennial Tasting

Post by Deleted_User_1 » 11:27 Tue 05 May 2015

jdaw1 wrote:
PhilW wrote:All looks correct to me
Thank you for checking.
PhilW wrote:only discrepancies between first post and placemats is that THRA is on the placemats but not first post, and the credit for bottles is RLC&THRA instead of RLC per first post; I assume both of these changes represent updates pending on the first post and are correct on placemats.
Instruction has been less than entirely clear on this matter, so I have guessed. Perhaps clearer instruction will follow.
I alone will be contributing the '70 and '80...If Tom can make it he will bring his own wine.

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Re: Tues 5 May, The Best of the Fonseca Bicentennial Tasting

Post by idj123 » 14:01 Tue 05 May 2015

The F66 (bottled by BBR) decanted at 7am; the F60 (Oporto bottled) at 1.15pm and the F55 (bottled by Peatling and Cawdron) at 1.30pm. Hopeful about the 66 and 55, less so the 60 as it was a leaker and the cork plunged into the bottle before the worm had hardly touched it- still, fingers crossed!

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Post by Deleted_User_1 » 14:19 Tue 05 May 2015

F'80 decanted 11.15...cork fell straight in but somehow is damaged...very light and has a sediment suspension...very suspect.
The F'70 decanted at 12.00 following a long fight with the '80's cork, however, is looking splendid...that is if it really is a F'70....no IVDP cello on an unusual necked and clear green bottle and the cork which extracted in one piece but with a chunk missing in the middle has a Fonseca Vintage marking but no date.
I shall be intrigued as to what everyone else thinks. :?

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Post by forest26 » 16:16 Tue 05 May 2015

Looking forward to this.
F63 and F75 decanted 10am both bottles had level in neck and no seepage - Note f63 is EB unknown shipper. Everything seems ok. Cork on f63 put up a little resistance and was somewhat damaged (my heavy handedness not the fault of the cork). I should be there about 6:15

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Post by uncle tom » 16:19 Tue 05 May 2015

GF likes her birthday presents, exit visa granted, FG58 decanted..
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Re: Tues 5 May, The Best of the Fonseca Bicentennial Tasting

Post by AHB » 08:52 Tue 12 May 2015

flash_uk wrote:Bicentenary Crusted and the '92 both decanted. All seems well.
Did anyone take any pictures of the Bicentenary Crusted, or at least make a note of the year in which it was bottled?
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Re: Tues 5 May, The Best of the Fonseca Bicentennial Tasting

Post by flash_uk » 08:53 Tue 12 May 2015

AHB wrote:
flash_uk wrote:Bicentenary Crusted and the '92 both decanted. All seems well.
Did anyone take any pictures of the Bicentenary Crusted, or at least make a note of the year in which it was bottled?
Pics are further back in the thread here. Bottled 2008.

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